OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Monja
もんじゃ
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
International Avenue
国際通り
Sanshin
三線
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
VOCALOID
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Department store basement
デパ地下
Metal tableware
金属食器
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
RICE CAKES
WASABI
山葵
SUSHI
寿司
SOBA
蕎麦
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
KYUDO
弓道
KENDO
剣道